How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements

Many Windows users hurried to upgrade their operating system as soon as the Windows 11 system update was released. Since Windows 11 comes with a number of changes and new features, some compatibility issues may prevent your computer from getting this update. If your device doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, there are certain steps you can take to go around them.

How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements

In this article, we’ll show you how to bypass Windows 11 installation requirements. In addition, we’ll go over all the operating system and feature-specific requirements set by Microsoft for the newest system update.

What Are the Requirements for Windows 11?

With the most recent Windows update, Microsoft has rolled out brand-new features that make Windows 11 easy to use. Even though Windows 11 was officially released in October 2021, Microsoft came out with even more Windows 11 updates in February 2022. Some system changes include a new Start menu, an integrated Microsoft Teams app, the Widgets panel on the taskbar, and other tweaks and features. The taskbar icons are placed in the center of the banner, and the user interface has been completely redesigned.

One of the most convenient things about the Windows 11 update is that it’s completely free for Windows 10 users. This is how you can quickly update your Windows 10 operating system to Windows 11:

  1. Go to the Start menu in the bottom-left corner.
  2. Select Settings from the left sidebar.
  3. Proceed to the Update & Security tab.
  4. Click on Windows Update on the left side of the window.
  5. Choose the Download and install button below the Windows Update section.

As you can see, updating your operating system to Windows 11 is a piece of cake. However, not all computers are compatible with the Windows 11 system update because they don’t meet the minimum system requirements. You’ll know that this applies to your device when you try to launch the update, and you get the message, “This PC can’t run Windows 11.”

Here are some of the most important minimum system requirements for the Windows 11 update:

Operating System Requirements

To install the Windows 11 update, your computer must meet these operating system requirements:

  • Your computer has to be running on the Windows 10 version 2004 or later.
  • Your processor needs to be running at 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, and it must be an AMD, Intel, or a Qualcomm dual-core 64-bit processor.
  • The graphics card needs to be compatible with DirectX 12 or later, and it has to have a WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • Your device is required to have at least 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of storage.
  • The UEFI Secure Boot feature needs to be enabled on your device.
  • Your display has to be HD (720 pixels), and it needs to have more than 9 inches diagonally, as well as 8 bits per color channel.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM), version 2.0, needs to be installed.
  • You need to have a Microsoft account for the Windows 11 Home edition.

It goes without saying that your device needs to have an internet connection in order to complete the system update. For more information about Windows 11 specifications, features, and computer requirements, visit the official Microsoft Windows 11 update page.

Feature-Specific Requirements

Along with operating system requirements, your device must also meet certain feature-specific requirements for the Windows 11 update. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • Your device needs to have an Auto HDR monitor.
  • 5G support is required.
  • If you want to use Cortana, you need to have the microphone and speaker enabled.
  • If you want to use BitLocker to Go, you need a USB flash drive.
  • Client Hyper-V can only work if your processor has second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities.

There are many more feature-specific requirements than operating system requirements. Of course, this depends on the number of Windows apps, features, and widgets you plan on using. For example, if you want to use two-factor authentication, Microsoft Teams, Multiple Voice Assistant, Wake on Voice, Windows Projection, Windows Hello, and other Windows features, there are certain requirements your device must meet. For more information about these requirements, visit Microsoft’s official page.

How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements

Now that we’ve covered all the most important Windows 11 system requirements, let’s talk about how to get around some of them. Before getting into these workarounds, keep in mind that some requirements must be met and can’t be bypassed. What you can do is bypass TPM, RAM, Secure Boot, and CPU requirements.

The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) requirement is one thing you can go around. Microsoft requires you to have the TPM version 2.0 for Windows 11, but if your computer has TPM 1.2 or newer, bypassing this requirement is possible.

Bypass Windows 11 Requirements using Rufus

The easiest way to bypass this Windows 11 system requirement is to install Rufus. This free utility helps you create a bootable USB flash drive that you can download here. Once you have downloaded this utility, this is how you can use it to bypass the Windows 11 TPM requirement:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Windows 11 download page and choose to create an iso file.
    Note: You’ll also need to pick your preferred language in the same window, just below the download button.
  2. Insert a “USB device” into your computer.
    Note: For this workaround, you will need a USB drive with at least 16GB of storage.
  3. Launch “Rufus.”
  4. Under “Device,” find and select your “USB Drive.”
  5. Choose “Disk or ISO image” in the “Boot selection” section.
  6. Now, click on the “Select” button.
  7. Find and select the “Windows 11 iso file” you downloaded from Microsoft in the first step, then click on “Open.”
  8. In the “Image option” dropdown, choose Extended Windows 11 Installation (no TPM/no Secure Boot). Make sure you click on the no TPM option.
  9. Click on the “Start” button in the bottom-right corner of the window.

Once again, you’ll have to wait for a few minutes for the installation process to be completed. Afterward, you are free to install Windows 11 using the bootable iso you just created. The Windows 11 TPM requirement won’t be a problem anymore, at least until a new build arrives. More on that topic later.

Bypass Windows 11 Requirements using the Registry Editor

Another method you can attempt to use to bypass Windows 11 TPM 2.0, RAM, Secure Boot, and CPU requirements is to make changes in the Registry. The process may not work as Windows might revert the changes back after restart, but it’s worth a try. Yes, recent updates to Windows 10 and 11 have increased the protection levels by preventing specific registry entries from changing, even if your profile is set to Administrator.

Here’s how you can attempt to bypass specific Windows 11 requirements with the Registry Editor:

  1. Press Windows + R keys.
  2. Type in “Regedit” on the Run window and click on OK.
  3. Go to this key:
  4. Click on the key on the left sidebar, and then right-click on the Setup folder.
  5. Select New > Key.
  6. Name the key LabConfig.
  7. Now, right-click within the LabConfig folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  8. Name this key BypassTPMCheck.
  9. Double-click on the new file and set Value data to 1.
  10. Under Base, make sure Hexadecimal is selected, and choose OK.
  11. Repeat this process and create a new DWORD named BypassSecureBootCheck, setting the value to 1.
  12. After following these steps, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

If you want to disable the RAM check, follow the same steps, except you need to name the LabConfig DWORD differently. You’ll name the file “BypassRAMCheck.” All the other steps for this workaround are the same.

  1. Also, if you need to disable the CPU check, open up the registry and go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup.
  2. Now, right-click in the window or on the folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  3. Name it AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU and set its value to 1.

Don’t Let Windows 11 Requirements Stop You

The newest Windows 11 system update comes with many new features and a more advanced user interface. Even though updating your operating system to Windows 11 is free to Windows 10 users, not all devices have this option. That being said, there are a couple of ways you can bypass Windows 11 installation requirements and update your Windows.

Have you had any issues with Windows 11 installation requirements? Did you manage to bypass them with one of the workarounds from this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.

17 thoughts on “How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements”

Dominik says:
I tried on surface with i5 CPU.
I need to add “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” to the ..\Setup\MoSetup and also to the ..\Setup\LabConfig. Same as “BypassCPUCheck” to the ..\Setup\MoSetup and also to the ..\Setup\LabConfig. It’s works fine.
Robert M says:
A final comment on Sheron Christian’s comment and my replies to him.

The in-place installation worked without a hitch, although it took nearly 3 times as long as a fresh installation. However, at the end of it everything seemed to be in place, all programs still worked including some for which I had to use the troubleshooter to run them under windows 7 conditions.

The new key created under the LabConfig heading which allowed this installation on the unsupported CPU machine (DWORD BypassCPUCheck in LabConfig as suggested by Christian’s comment) was removed in the registry by the updated installation.
However, the system started to pull down all relevant updates such as the “2023-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5022913) and installed them so there does not seem to be a problem getting updates.

Lets see if this tip also works for the upcoming next update supposed to be release on 14th March.

MasterBlaster says:
Even if the registery key is not present, the compitability anyhow won’t be checked. It will be checked only if a major update with higher requirements is to be done.
Cameron says:
I tried the boot drive method and it worked just fine. Another thing to note that was mentioned in this article is updates, you can actually update windows 11 just fine after you install it this way. I was prompted with a windows 11 update right after my boot drive setup of windows 11 and it did just fine. I will note that my computer runs a lot smoother with windows 11.
Sheron Christian says:
I tried this but I also added DWORD BypassCPUCheck in LabConfig. This worked like a charm and installation completed without a hitch.
Robert M says:
Hi Sheron Christian, Thanks for this excellent tip.

When I tried the solution above to add the DWord “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” to the ..\Setup\MoSetup key it was removed on rebooting the PC.
However your solution to add the DWORD to the new LabConfig key worked and the installation of W11 22H2 works now. I have been on the previous W11 version which I installed from fresh using Rufus, however when upgrading to W11 22H2, I wanted to keep all my files, settings and apps by running the setup from the ISO file under windows.
My TMP is V2.0 so that was not the problem and did not enter any of the suggested keys relating to the TMP, but my CPU is unsupported. (HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF i5-6400 CPU)

Robert M says:
just wanted to add to my comment above that the automatic windows update did not install 22H2 because it recognized that the CPU is not supported (other updates such as security and fixes were installed OK)
Moshe H. says:
I found that RUFUS still supports the “extended” windows 11 installation, only it’s less obvious. Didn’t yet have a chance to check it, but here is the relevant information from RUFUS change log:
o Version 3.19 (2022.07.01)
Add a new selection dialog for Windows 11 setup customization:
– Secure Boot and TPM bypass have now been moved to this dialog
– Also allows to bypass the mandatory requirement for a Microsoft account on Windows 11 22H2
(NB: Network *MUST* be temporarily disabled for the local account creation to be proposed)
– Also add an option to skip all collection questions (Sets all answers to “Don’t allow”)
– Also add an option for setting internal drives offline for Windows To Go
Note: These customization options are only proposed when using a Windows 11 image.
Pete burfitt says:
All we really need is for Valve to find a way to install the Windows store using Proton and Steam OS to have a dedicated desktop ISO and I’m done with the whole Windows Saga.
Joe says:
Allow Upgrades With Unsupported TPM Or CPU does not work.
Zaki says:
Hi Everyone, found something interesting. I tried to bypass secure boot with “BypassSecureBoot” (as instructed above). This DID NOT work.

Then I tried “BypassSecureBootCheck” and voila, worked like a charm!

Steve Larner says:
Thank you. The article has been updated to your solution.
chris says:
stuck at 31% installing
Chris says:
worked like a charm to get Win11 22h2 onto a virtual machine.
Summer says:
Didnt work at all
Martin Newbold says:
You have not specified as far as I can see where you got Windows iso from windows.iso which in Rufus it is called on pop up menu ‘Extended Windows 11 Installation (No TPM no Secure Boot 8GB – RAM) ‘ Can you provide a link on this to it ?
Steve Larner says:
To obtain the correct Windows 11 iso, go to Go to the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section. As for the “No TPM no Secure Boot” option, you need to download Rufus v3.18.1877. To do that, click on “Other versions” in the “changelog” section of the main Rufus webpage. From there, choose Rufus 3.18. Now, why the option is not available in v3.19 or v3.20 is beyond me. I can’t find a way to contact them.
Martin Newbold says:
I tried this but the usb it created just created a boot prompt that ran no installation . I tried all but the ones but what you chose which was unsupported by my laptops bios
Mark C. says:
Registry modification doesn’t work for i5 CPU.

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